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Business

  • RSCC job fair to focus on manufacturers

    Manufacturing employers are welcome to participate in a Jan. 23 job fair for Roane State Community College students training to become manufacturing technicians.

    Roane State offers courses in composite materials, has a one-year mechatronics certificate program, and provides a variety of courses through its Advanced Materials Training and Education Center.

  • Out to Lunch: Food not all that’s special at Harriman’s Roane Street Grill

    A telephone call from one of my “Out To Lunch” scouts, Darlene Brandel, prompted me to set a date for my visit to Roane Street Grill in Harriman.

    “My husband, Lee, and I went there for lunch after church Sunday,” she said. “He had the Sunday buffet, and I ordered from the menu. You’ll like it.”

    My wife, Carol, and I became acquainted with Darlene and Lee when they joined Kingston First Baptist Church. Darlene has recommended other places to visit for “Out to Lunch.”

  • Alliance gets the silver for sustainability

    The Roane Alliance received a Silver Award on behalf of Roane County at the TVA Valley Sustainable Communities Program Recognition Luncheon on Dec. 3 in Nashville.

    The award ceremony honored 13 communities from across the Tennessee Valley.

  • Kingston’s Jones tops at Methodist

    Darla Jones, nursing supervisor in the Nursing Administration department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named December MMCer of the Month.

    In her role, Jones provides support to the nursing staff at Methodist Medical Center, orients new nurses and offers help to experienced staff.

    She is available to help with problem solving, support physicians and address customer service needs for all individuals who utilize Methodist for their care needs.

    Jones has been with Methodist Medical Center and Covenant Health since 1997.

  • Jobless rate up slightly

    Figures released late last month show Roane County’s unemployment rate was up slightly in October.

    The statistics, released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, show Roane County’s jobless rate at 8 percent.

    That’s up from the 7.9 percent reported in September.

    It’s also higher than in October 2012, when Roane County had an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.

    The latest figures reflect that 24,700 in the county’s 26,840-strong workforce were employed during October.

  • Out to Lunch: Decatur Family Diner sure to make you smile

    Readers have asked if we ever have disappointing “Out to Lunch” experiences. There are times when we don’t know what to expect on our visits. If we are not pleased, I don’t write about it.

    We were a little uncertain about the latest “Out to Lunch” adventure, because I had very little information about Decatur Family Diner.

    It’s across Hwy. 58 from the Meigs County Courthouse in Decatur.

    It turned out to be an extremely enjoyable visit.

  • Eastwood CEO at First Bank

    Terry Eastwood was recently promoted to chief executive officer of First Bank of Tennessee.

    The bank has six branches in three counties, including at 996 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood; and 1031 S. Roane St., Harriman.

    Eastwood has been with First Bank for more than 15 years, with a career in banking that spans 32 years and includes various senior-level positions.

    He holds a degree in business management from the University of Tennessee. He is also a graduate of the School for Executive Development/Banking at the University of Georgia.

  • Watch time go by at You Say Tomato

    A new gift shop has opened in downtown Rockwood, brimming with cute odds and ends to make a house a home.

    “I like cozy,” said You Say Tomato co-owner Jimmy Adkins. “I like things that make me smile.”

    Clocks are among his interests, and the shop has a large collection.

    There is also an array of figurines, ornaments, decorations and more.

    “I do love it,” said friend and customer Beverly Powers. She had just bought crystal antique perfume bottles, a Christmas ornament and a large wooden statue.

  • Keeping you connected: Visit Roane? There's an app for that

    The Roane County Visitors Bureau is introducing a new mobile app – Visit Roane County TN.

    The app, available now for the iPhone and iPad on Apple’s app store, provides visitors “their own private tour guide 24/7,” said Pam May, director of tourism for The Roane Alliance.

    “By downloading the free app, a visitor — and even locals — will learn what to do, where to eat and where to stay while here,” she said.

  • Keeping you connected: State takes job openings, more to the Twitterverse

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has launched a network of social media sites dedicated to quickly informing job seekers of local jobs, workshops and job fairs.

    In a constant search for new avenues to inform Tennesseans about new job opportunities, the department joins the conversation 140 characters at a time to disseminate new jobs directly and instantly via Twitter.